5 minute bento

8 03 2011

hi bento pals!  i know, it’s been forever since i last posted.  i won’t bore you with my excuses and the changes to my schedule that have resulted in mornings where i often throw some pitiful leftovers in a tomato-stained plastic container (the kind you get free with takeaway food) and call it “lunch” — suffice it to say i am still adjusting to the new job/commute/office situation and am looking for ways to get bento back in my life.

one way i may be able to do that is with speed-packed bentos.  i’ve gone back to the basics here, relying on some of the original tips i learned from biggie’s lunch in a box site way back when i first started bentoing.

the main portion of today’s lunch is just brown rice, a small piece of leftover salmon (i actually cut this lunch-sized portion off of the filet before i cooked the fish to prevent the jagged edge and flakiness that often happens when you cut a cooked filet — i cooked it all at the same time, and immediately refrigerated the lunch portion), and an umeboshi.  the other section has a baby pepper stuffed with egg salad, an israeli vine tomato, and a container of chimichurri sauce (what i originally served over the salmon), all sitting on a bed of arugula.

nothing cutesy here (save for the quick addition of a pick and a baran — but i mean no punching or decorating with tweezers, no faces, etc.), but i am looking forward to a yummy and semi-traditional lunch.  this is also the first time i’m using this beautiful magewappa box that a friend recently brought back for me from a business trip to japan.  it’s fairly similar to this model from bento & co., and it’s divine — thanks, yasu!


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22 responses

8 03 2011
sheri

Welcome back Megan! And your bento touch hasn’t changed; I can see your style emanate through even this simple and classic bento. It’s a delish-looking meal in a out-of-this-world-gorgeous magewappa!
Congrats on all the new life developments too. Xoxo from SF🙂

9 03 2011
gamene

thanks sheri! you are so sweet to praise this humble getting-back-on-the-bike type effort🙂

8 03 2011
Susan Yuen

Megan!!! How I have missed your bentos! Beautifully packed bento with yummy salmon.🙂

9 03 2011
gamene

thanks susan! i’ve missed being a part of this fun community! hope everything is good with you and the family and puppy!

8 03 2011
Lia Chen

Hi Megan! Glad to see your bento post again! Welcome back … have been missed your beautiful bento so much🙂 This bento looks so elegant in your gorgeous magewappa box.

9 03 2011
gamene

aww thanks lia, i have mised reading your beautiful posts every day! can’t wait to catch up🙂

8 03 2011
Emily Ng

So happy to see your bento post again. Welcome back.🙂 Beautiful and delicious bento with the gorgeous bento box.

9 03 2011
gamene

thanks emily! the box did all the work for me😉

8 03 2011
Bentobird/Jenn

Hi and welcome back Megan!! Beautiful and sweet spring birdie bento in your unique and much-missed style😀

Gorgeous box, too, love it!

9 03 2011
gamene

thanks jenn! fingers crossed that it really FEELS like spring soon! right now the NY weather is not matching the calendar!

9 03 2011
Pipaw

So happy to see your beautiful pictures! I’ve missed your posts a lot!

9 03 2011
gamene

thanks pauline, so sweet of you to say all the way from france!

9 03 2011
Sonoma Bento

Oh I am so happy to see you back! Even this quick bento is lovely, and I think your strategy to plan ahead for bento portions is great. Welcome back, we missed you.

9 03 2011
gamene

thanks michele! planning ahead is going to be key, i think! i’m back to being in awe of you ladies who are still on a regular schedule of making bento!

9 03 2011
carla

Hi Megan! I am so happy to see you back, I just recently fell in Love with your blog and be glad to see you continue.

9 03 2011
gamene

thanks so much carla, so flattered that you discovered bentozen even while i was ignoring it! i hope to get back to posting regularly🙂

16 03 2011
KidsDreamWork

Really missed your bento Megan!! Glad to see new post here, though I’m a bit late.
Am lacking behind in blogging too lately.😛

23 03 2011
gamene

thanks kidsdreamwork! no worries on the timing, your comments are always welcome and always make me smile!

20 03 2011
Debra

Good lord! How did I miss this bento! Glad to see you again Megan, by the looks of your lunch you haven’t missed a beat! Gorgeous!

23 03 2011
gamene

hi debra, good to “see” you gals again too! thanks for your supportive-as-always comment🙂

21 03 2011
tatabonita

Megaaaannnn… You’re back dear friend!😀. Miss you muuuuuuuucccchhh ^^
This quick bento looks so appetizing, especially the salmon ^^

23 03 2011
gamene

thanks tata! the salmon was yummy, and i am glad to be back (online) with my dear pals!

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